In an important statement, Pope Benedict has stated that such theories as the Big Bang theory is evidence of God’s design. This is a far cry from the reaction to prior theories of scientists like Galileo. The statement occurs as researchers in Geneva at CERN are attempting to recreate conditions at the formation of the universe. Where is Tom Hanks when we need him?
Benedict stated “The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe. Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God.”
Benedict is proving to be one of the most open Pontiffs to science. He previously rejected the notion that evolution was incompatible with the Catholic faith — a position that would seem to conflict with a literal interpretation of the Old Testament.